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bug#10166: 23.3; [Info-search] "Search Failed"

From: Dave Abrahams
Subject: bug#10166: 23.3; [Info-search] "Search Failed"
Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2011 11:41:36 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.110018 (No Gnus v0.18) Emacs/23.3 (darwin)

on Thu Dec 01 2011, Juri Linkov <juri-AT-jurta.org> wrote:

> tags 10166 notabug
> close 10166
> thanks
>>>>>> Almost any search in the attached fileset will fail in this way if you
>>>>>> repeat it enough times.  Is the texi ill-formed?
>>>>> Yes, it's ill-formed.
>>>>> `Info-search' expects that "^_\nIndirect:" is preceded by a newline in 
>>>>> std.info,
>>>>> so it fails trying to call (search-forward "\n\^_\nIndirect:").
>>>> Amazing.  It's the direct output of makeinfo, so I can't understand why
>>>> the newline would be missing and expected.
>>> makeinfo prepends some boilerplate to its output in every Info file
>>> that at least begins with a line like:
>>>   This is std.info, produced by makeinfo version 4.13 from std.texi.
>>> so there is always a newline before ^_Indirect:
>> Well, I am getting some errors from makeinfo, so maybe that's why I
>> don't see that line at the top of the output.  The output appears to be
>> otherwise usable (if imperfect).
> The file std.info-13 is broken completely and other files lack the
> standard header.  Looks like you have translated them with the --force
> option that preserves erroneous makeinfo output.  Since there is
> no evidence of a bug in Emacs, I'm closing this report as notabug.

Thanks for taking the time to look at it, and helping us find a
workaround at least.

> You are welcome to post source texi files if you want help in fixing
> makeinfo errors.

This is part of an automated conversion from LaTeX to Texinfo, and
makeinfo is still giving me lots of errors, so I guess I shouldn't be
too surprised to find erroneous output.  Maybe if we're still having
trouble as we get those makeinfo errors cleared away, we'll do something
like that.

Thanks again,

Dave Abrahams
BoostPro Computing

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